How to Hire a Program Director

Does your growing business need a program director? A program director is responsible for creating and effectively implementing physical fitness and educational programs for the residents of the facility.

Here are some tips to help you find great program director candidates and make the right hire for your company.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $18.53 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.00$77.00 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Program Director?

An efficient Program Director helps in planning, hiring and training the program staff as per the facility needs and government regulations.
They strive to utilize all program resources and make them effectively function together to achieve the planned program goals successfully.

• Closely collaborate with management staff to update staff member credentials
• Responsible for being aware of all legal regulations and making sure the company stays within its scope
• Develop the overall program budget and monitor it regularly to make sure budget goals are achievable

Skills to look for in a great Program Director

Program Directors are the core members of a program team. It is crucial to note which qualifications and skills are vital for hiring a suitable Program Director.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work needed
• Experience of more than 5 years in social work with 2 years in a supervisory role
• Proficient in MS Office and Data management software
• Exceptional organizational, problem-solving and planning abilities
• Strong capability to perform in a fast-paced environment and keep their calm
• Excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills

Writing a Program Director job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Program Director candidates. A Program Director job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Program Director jobs, such as:

• Assistant Program Director
• Program Director (Master of Social Work required)
• Director of Programs

Interviewing Program Director candidates

To hire a suitable Program Director, take the time to vet candidates and asking detailed interview questions to understand their knowledge and skills.

• Experience in leading, hiring and training program staff to deliver as per defined program needs
• Develop and maintain the project budgets, expenses and staffing plans and make sure they stay within the established guidelines
• How they’ve contributed to achieving smooth program operations by efficiently managing all project resources to help achieve current and future project goals

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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